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Celebrity in Death (In Death, #34)
A murder book that celebrates love. One of the things I admire the most about Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb's books is how she effortlessly conveys that deep abiding love that most of us yearn for. That sense of comfort, security and support that one finds with one's soul mate. The disconnect between reality and fiction (as portrayed in a fiction book) is blurred as Eve is forced into close proximity with the actors who have assumed the identity of all of those involved in the Icove cloning case. Eve semi-seriously wishes for a murder to rescue her from a dinner party with the principals in the movie but could not have predicted the impact on her inner circle when the person playing Peabody is found dead. The radical contrast between the amiable nature of the genuine Peabody and the actor who found a way to antagonize all that she interacted with still doesn’t ease the shock experienced by those who care for Peabody herself but eventually helps mitigate the impact. Eve is still recovering from the trauma experienced while in Dallas but she has learned to entrust Roarke with her vulnerability and the reaffirmation of their love as well as the flowering of Peabody and McNab’s relationship is a beautiful bonus to this murder mystery. There is a slight feeling of inevitability when the culprit is finally identified but the unfolding of the investigation is filled with Eve’s trademark dry humor and entertaining perspective (although she really should find a different place to stash her candy) and this is a wonderfully natural progression to the series and an excellent read as expected.
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